Erik Christian Haugaard

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Erik Christian Haugaard (April 13, 1923 – 2009) was a Danish-born American writer, best known for children's books.

Biography[edit]

Erik Christian Haugaard was born in Frederiksberg, Denmark. He came to the United States in 1940 after fleeing the Nazi invasion of Denmark, and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force before the end of World War II. He attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina from 1941 to 1942. He also attended the New School for Social Research in New York City.[1]

In 1963, he published his first book for children and young adults, Hakon of Rogen's Saga. The book was well received by readers and critics and was named an American Library Association Notable Book. His literary awards include recognition for his 1978 translation of The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories of Hans Christian Andersen. Haugaard married Myrna Seld in 1949 and together they had two children. They later lived in Denmark and Ireland.[2]

Work papers of Erik Christian Haugaard are maintained in the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi. The collection consists of material received from Erik Haugaard and Houghton Mifflin between 1967 and 1984.[3]

The University of Minnesota collection of Erik Christian Haugaard papers contains production material, consisting of manuscript materials, for nine titles published between 1963 and 1995.[4]

Awards[edit]

Haugaard won the first inaugural Boston Globe–Horn Book Award in 1967 recognizing The Little Fishes as the year's best children's fiction.

The Phoenix Award from the Children's Literature Association in 1988 recognized The Rider and his Horse as the best children's book published twenty years earlier that did not win a major award.[5]

Selected works[edit]

  • Hakon of Rogen's Saga (1963)
  • The Little Fishes (1967)
  • The Rider and His Horse (1968)
  • Chase Me, Catch Nobody! (1980)
  • Leif the Unlucky (1982)
  • Boy's Will (1983)
  • The Samurai's Tale (1984)
  • Cromwells Boy (1990)
  • Boy and the Samurai (1991)
  • The Death of Mr. Angel (1992)
  • The Revenge of the Forty-Seven Samurai (1995)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erik Christian Haugaard" (Children's Literature Network).
  2. ^ "About this author" (Goodreads Inc).
  3. ^ "Erik Haugaard Papers". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. University of Southern Mississippi. May 2001. Retrieved 2013-06-27. With biographical sketch.
  4. ^ "Erik Christian Haugaard Papers". Children's Literature Research Collections. University of Minnesota Libraries. Retrieved 2013-06-27. With biographical sketch.
  5. ^ "Phoenix Award Brochure 2012". Children's Literature Association. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
    See also the current homepage, "Phoenix Award".
Citations
  • Berger, Laura Standley Twentieth-Century Children's Writers (St James Guide to Children's Writers. 3rd edition Jan 1995)

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